A Shredded Galaxy

UK Scientists Hope To “Mimic” Black Holes In Lab

Before the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN finally began operation, there was a small movement to shut the project down, out of fear that scientists would inadvertently create a black hole that would swallow the entire planet. This obviously didn’t happen, and probably won’t. Now, however, perhaps we should cast our gaze over to …

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LHC Experiments Venture Into The Primordial Universe

The ALICE, ATLAS and CMS collaborations at CERN will reveal new findings in their exploration of the primordial universe today. They’ll do so at the Quark Matter 2012 conference in Washington, DC. Together, the projects have accumulated a plethora of new results, including new measurements of “the kind of matter that probably existed in the …

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Observation Of Potential Higgs Boson

“Particle Consistent With The Higgs Boson” Discovered At CERN

Today, the crackpot scientists at CERN revealed the detection of something resembling the Higgs boson. Or, if you want, a detection consistent with a Standard Model Higgs. That’s a far cry from several media reports claiming a definitive “discovery,” but something’s there. Whether it’s actually the Higgs or an entirely new particle is unclear. What …

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Neutrinos! Stop, In The Name Of The…Laws Of Physics!

I suppose I should write something about the outcome of that whole faster-than-light neutrino situation, given that I’ve written so much about them already. But I’ll make this one quick. On Friday, scientists at CERN announced the results of their latest neutrino speed test, called the Icarus experiment. The final answer? Neutrinos do not travel …

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CERN’s Large Hadron Collider To Increase Energy

The power of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will soon increase by 14%, reaching “a total collision energy of 8 trillion electron volts.” The particle accelerator is currently resting up after an exciting year in 2011. When it starts up again “later this year,” it will break its previous energy record and allow scientists a …

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Smallest Black Hole Discovered By NASA

NASA has discovered the “heartbeat” of what may be the smallest black hole ever recorded. The mass of the black hole places it “near the theoretical minimum mass required for a black hole to be stable,” and it was discovered by measuring the steady “heartbeat” of x-rays emanating from the binary star system IGR J17091-3624. Black …

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Does The Higgs Boson Want To Be Found?

On December 13, 2011, physicists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) will announce their most recent findings regarding the Higgs Boson. Often referred to as the God Particle, the Higgs Boson is “the last elementary particle still unaccounted for in the Standard Model” of physics, and is assumed to give all other particles …

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Latest faster-than-light neutrinos test yields same results

Neutrinos just don’t seem to be cooperating with our cosmological constant. Back in September, physicists working on the OPERA project fired neutrinos from CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, to Gran Sasso Italy. Afterwords, they discovered the neutrinos had arrived 60 seconds before light would have, a finding that could, if true, greatly undermine our current physics …

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Is It Okay To Travel Faster Than Light, Now?

So, we’ve apparently broken the unbreakable: the speed of light. Last month, researchers in Geneva, Switzerland, working in conjunction with CERN, shot some neutrinos 730 km (454 miles) all the way to Gran Sasso, Italy. Those neutrinos arrived at their destination a shocking 60 nanoseconds before they were expected to. 60 nanoseconds sooner than light …

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